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Ó Snodaigh calls on Dublin to mobilise for 25th Anniversary of Hunger Strikes

12 August, 2006

Dublin Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has this morning announced details of Dublin’s participation in the 25th Anniversary Hunger Strike Commemoration which takes place in Belfast tomorrow.  Speaking in Dublin this morning Deputy Ó Snodaigh said thousands of republicans from Dublin will travel to Belfast to pay tribute to ten brave men who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defiance of Margaret Tatcher’s policy of criminalisation of the struggle for Irish freedom.

He said, “This time twenty-five years ago Dublin, along with the rest of Ireland came to a standstill in the wake of the Hunger Strikes.  Thousands of republicans from across Dublin remember with pride the pivotal role we played in the smash H-Block/Armagh campaigns in 1980 and 1981.  We also remember with pride the ten brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice in defiance of Tatcher’s policy of criminalisation of the republican struggle. Many of the same Dublin republicans will travel, along with the thousands of younger republicans, to Belfast tomorrow to pay tribute to those men.  I would encourage all Dublin republicans to mobilise for tomorrow’s commemoration. 

“The Hunger strikes of 1981 was one the most defining moments in modern Irish history and the men who gave their lives will be remembered for generations to come.  The names of the ten Hunger Strikers will go down in history alongside the likes of Theobald Wolfetone, Robert Emmet, Padraig Pearse, James Connolly, Terence McSwiney, Michael Gaughan and the many others who gave their lives for the cause of Irish freedom.” ENDS

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